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of medicare, medicaid or social security or in fact is this essentially a speech that's almost a clinton-esque speech. lots and lots of interesting ideas most of which won't go anywhere but they'll sound good and he'll get a bump for three days? >> representative stockman said he'd be live tweeting tonight. it ap fat tuesday as we move into the lenten catholic season. tonight we'll have binging of promises, of parades, bad excuses. obviously he's looking for it to be politically charged. but historically speaking, what is the chance for this president to engage the president and start a different dialogue to get away from all the left versus right hostility? >> i think that's one test that we should apply to the speech after we've heard it and does he step up to that or does he, what i think he's going to do, all the signals coming out of the white house, double down on the tone he set in the inaugural, which was a very combative tone. i would like to see him do just the opposite tonight. i happen to think this is his last chance to get a grand bargain. i think he has to change the tone
. new addition, john kerry, replacement for hillary clinton as secretary of state. leon panetta the outgoing defense secretary. that hagel confirmation approved in committee is anything but a sure thing. peter barnes, as we await the sergeant of arms to announce the president of the united states. is it true the president will make hacking the debt a priority. talk about the virtues of government and whatever issues not adding to the deficit isn't that going to be the equivalent after war call to republicans? >> well owe is going to talk about the budget and not adding to the deficit as you said, neil but he is going to, once again, try to often titlement reforms as part of the so-called balanced approach that he wants to take here. neil: we're having some problem with your audio, peter. maybe we can rich that. meantime, rich edson, this is a battle republicans have to take on, or just dismiss or hope the temperment of the country will improve so they're more open to challenging this president on new spending initiatives whether they add to the deficit or not. what do you think?
of it but i have the same concerns. it is something like the legacy that bill clinton had with welfare reform. something that he was brought of. and i see barack obama leaning that way. but what david was talking about politics earlier. this was politics saying to the democratic party. i'm willing to give on medicare and reforming medicare, now it's up to you to talk to me. if it doesn't happen, whatever doesn't happen he can blame on the republicans. i wasn't happy hearing that either, i'm curious if it was more political play than policy he was putting out this. >> they said they will not be raising the medicare eligibility age, but they is it mention they might play with the cpi which would be a you had on social security. michael, your point on bill clinton and his legacy of welfare reform was one i hadn't considered. that is a great point. president obama loves to copy examples of what he thinks is great administration, the clinton administration and as a progressive i'm not happy about that. again i want to point--throw it out to everybody here and discuss the idea of will there be any
speaking tonight. it was not exactly bill clinton in 1996 saying the era of big government is over, but he was using the term big government in a bad way. joining me is karen, a current political msnbc analyst. >> democrats have been losing this argument about big versus small argument, what's effective and ineffective, smart versus snot. think about the child care education. you could make the argument that is smart. how we do spending. i hope that part of the audience for that were democrats in congress, they are going to have to get a lot smarter on how they have this fight and frame this discussion if they are going to win. >> when mark rubio gave his criticism saying that president obama is a straw man, and that big government is the reason we have the problems we have. was he engaging in the last fight or disagreeing with president obama? >> he was fighting the last fight. they think that wins. but i would push back. budget cuts, are they any more effective or smarter? i don't think so. that is the frame to say what are going to be the smart investments for the future that make sense
of what clinton tried to do with education, what george w. bush tried to do with social security. will there be a hallmark measure like that tonight? >> the president has practically speaking a two-year window before the attention fully turns to the 2016 presidential race. this is probably the peak of his ability to move the country, move republicans in congress. the american people are behind him. his approval ratings are high. it depends on what go big means. if it means a set of initiatives he's proposing to try to build middle class jobs, build middle class incomes, that's big. if immigration reform comprehensively means going big, that's likely to happen. the gun debate is one where he's not likely to get what he's looking for. but eamon, you're surrounded by lawmakers as they're filing into the capitol. what are you seeing? >> reporter: that's right, john. this is sort of the spin room where members of congress will come after the speech to give their reaction. i can tell you a lot of members have been here throughout the evening giving their prespin spin. the spin room has
of the union addresses. it was in almost every one of president clinton's. so it's been ten years since we've had gun control talked about in a state of the union address. things have changed now that the president is reelected and less scared of the n.r.a. and so i'm told by advisors he will talk about not only universal background checks but also an assault weapons ban which has virtually no chance of passing congress. >> pelley: when you think about these budget cuts to the federal government that take effect in about two weeks, we're expecting the house sergeant at arms, paul irving, to come in. and there's paul irving now. he will be announcing the president. let's listen in. >> mr. speaker, the president of the united states. (cheers and applause) >> schieffer: (laughs) now the first of the standing ovations. here it goes. and you know scott, these people, these members of congress that are along the aisle there, they have been there literally for four, six, seven hours to get those places because they want to be seen on television. i mean there's no other reason for this when the pr
, he almost echoed governor clinton. he said we don't need new government programs, but then he listed a bunch of new government programs. the president says there is not a problem that a government program can't solve. we don't need another four years of this. national debt over $16 trillion, mr. president, stop the spending, stop raising taxes, let's grow the private sector economy, not the government. >> governor bobby jindal, thank you for agreeing to be with us tonight. >> thank you, brian. >> now from statuary hall, kirsten jillgillibrand, senator from, new york. you were with john mccain. what it was like watching the president with one of the stalwarts of the gop in the senate? >> i thought the president did a great job. i thought it was the strongest state of the union for his presidency. a lot of bipartisan support for a lot of things he talked about. everybody wants to see made in america again, and i saw a lot of republicans standing with democrats when he talked about rebuilding the economy. i loved the fact that he talked about the opportunity for potential of every ameri
. >> it's a great moment. i think we learned from bill clinton the irony of ironies that people want detail. as much as we like punchy writing and the bottom line lining it. the people want to know. perhaps they're gay. perhaps they're having a situation with abortion rights. perhaps they're involved with an economic problem or a labor problem. they want to hear the answer. and they want the president to get to it, what we call a laundry list. they're on the list, these people. and so as much as we find it process sak prosaic, they find it useful. >> referencing john kerry ahead of time. is there anything that you can tell from what the president has done thus far in his inaugural, in his cabinet selections, in the way he has behaved toward congress since being reelected that gives us sort of a map how a second term might be different than the first? >> i always thought his cabinet selects are based on a real governing effort that does not have a short-term horizon to it. and so i don't find clues in that other than he takes a very serious approach to it. i do think he has a unique o
to exit the door wanting to shake every single hand. i remember when president clinton was in office, reaching three and four and five rows back to make sure he didn't miss a single hand. on his way out the door. >> and the pages. they line up back there. >> woodruff: we will wait a few minutes before we hear from senator rubio. let's go back and talk about what the president had to say, david. when it comes to the deficit. and dealing with the debt. it sounded to me as if he not only stood his... he didn't say anything new but he stood his ground. he said, i don't believe this country needs to do something about taxes, cut taxes on the backs of senior citizens who are counting on medicare and counting on social security. >> though he did very interestingly say he was in favor of modest medicare reform. he's always given a sort of gesture to that. it was not enthusiastically embraced by a crowd. there was not a standing ovation for reforming medicare >> woodruff: didn't he say, i'm referring to those wealthy seniors, seniors who are, you know, who are at the the higher income bracket
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